The UK services sector saw its biggest dip in output for 15 months in April, due to the impacted of the hot weather, the royal wedding and the extra bank holiday, with only restaurants and hotels reporting a rise. According to the latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), service sector output contracted by 1.2 per cent during April, following a rise of 0.8 per cent in March. However, the ONS pointed out that April had been an "unusual month due the good weather, extra holiday and royal celebrations. The breakdown of the figures showed that the distribution category, which includes the under-fire retail sector, experienced the sharpest decline, dropping 2.5% Hotels and restaurants were the only category to report a rise, with output in the sector increasing by 0.9% in April.

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